Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints : Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints The New Orleans Saints have already locked up the NFC South title and will enter the playoffs as the conference’s 3-seed, at worst. In fact, with a win over the Panthers, the Saints could move to the 2-seed, including, a coveted first-round bye, should either the Packers tie or lose at Detroit or the 49ers tie or lose in Seattle.
Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints
With all of this yet to be decided, Sean Payton’s squad will not be holding anything back today against the Panthers, and this is reflected in the 13.5-point spread.
Seventy-eight percent of bettors are laying that big number with New Orleans, but sharps have instead turned their focus to the total.
Here’s how the pros are betting today’s Saints vs. Panthers over/under.
Saints vs. Panthers Sharp Betting Pick
This total opened at 48 and 55% of tickets have hit the over, suggesting balanced betting in general.
New Orleans (12-3) can move up the ladder in the NFC with a win and some help, which is why Sean Payton is going all-in on Sunday and will likely play all of his starters. The Saints are already champions of the NFC South and cannot finish any lower than the No. 3 seed. A loss or tie by either the Packers or 49ers coupled with a win by the Saints would vault New Orleans into a top-two seed and more importantly, a first-round bye. Green Bay plays in Detroit while San Francisco visits Seattle.
Carolina (5-10) is 0-3 since interim coach Perry Fewell took over for the team in the wake of Ron Rivera’s firing with two of those losses coming by at least 20 points. Rookie Will Grier will be making his second straight start under center as the Panthers quarterback situation remains murky at best. Christian McCaffrey has been the lone bright spot this season, as the running back has put up MVP-caliber numbers. McCaffrey needs 216 scrimmage yards to break Chris Johnson’s record of 2,509 set back in 2009.
ESPN’s FPI gives New Orleans a 77.4% chance of winning this game. We break down the line and offer our best bets and analysis for Sunday’s NFC South matchup between the Saints and Panthers.
McCaffrey need 67 receiving yards to become the third player in NFL history to rack up 1,000 yards as a receiver and as a runner in the same season. The Saints defense will deny him that.
2. Janoris Jenkins gets his first Saints interception
Jenkins was forced into action a week ago, and his inexperience with the playbook got him…
Jenkins was forced into action a week ago, and his inexperience with the playbook got him picked on. That won’t be the case this week.
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3. Michael Thomas eclipses 1,800 receiving yards
Thomas needs 112 receiving yards to reach 1,800 this season, and a beaten-up Panthers defense won’t…
Thomas needs 112 receiving yards to reach 1,800 this season, and a beaten-up Panthers defense won’t slow him down.
Whether he’s lined up at tight end or receiver, Hill is turning into a serious threat through the air. The Saints will get to expand his package of plays even further against Carolina.
New Orleans needs some help to make sure the road to the Super Bowl runs through it. The Packers are heavily favored to beat the Lions, but the Seahawks are in prime position to upset the 49ers, paving the way for the Saints.